The Hardest Golf Courses in the World

Most golfers appreciate a good challenge, but when it comes to course design, there’s a fine line between difficult and sadistic.

We’ve taken a look around the globe and picked out some of the most difficult golf courses that have brought even the best players in the world to their knees.

Stadium Course At TPC At Sawgrass

Arguably Pete Dye’s most famous course, TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course is known for making even the world’s best players sweat over their club selection.

Oaks Course At TPC San Antonio

A pair of challenging courses awaits players at TPC San Antonio, with the 7,400-yard Oaks Course — co-designed by golf icons Greg Norman and Sergio Garcia — being the more sinister sibling.

Copperhead Course At Innisbrook Resort

While courses with intimidating names can sometimes underwhelm, Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead more than lives up to its venomous title.

The Ocean Course At Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Like so many of the courses on this list, stunning views belie how nasty the challenge is at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, which was co-designed by Pete Dye and his wife, Alice Dye.

The Old White Course At The Greenbrier

While PGA Tour professionals like Stuart Appleby and Kevin Chappell have shot sub-60 rounds at Old White, you will likely have no such luck at this Appalachian beauty.

Pine Valley Golf Club

The USGA slope rating for New Jersey’s Pine Valley Golf Club hits the maximum of 155 from the back tees, but even if you’re playing from the senior tees, it’s got a grade of 150!

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